Duterte signs law forming PH Coast Guard hospital

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 14 2019 11:42 AM | Updated as of Aug 14 2019 12:04 PM

MANILA - The Philippine Coast Guard will now have its own hospital to cater to the medical needs of its personnel and their respective families.

Republic Act No. 11372 or the Philippine Coast Guard General Hospital Act paves the way for the establishment of the medical center which will be built at the Coast Guard Base in Taguig City. The new measure was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last Aug. 8 but released only to the public on Wednesday.

Under the new law, the hospital is required to “provide comprehensive and total health care services to all personnel and employees of the PCG, their dependents and the retired uniform personnel.” It is also mandated to conduct medical examination of all PCG trainees “to ensure their physical and mental capability.”

Dependents of PCG personnel and employees who can avail of medical services in the hospital are the following:

  • legitimate spouse
  • legitimate, illegitimate, or legally adopted children who are 21-years-old or below.
  • children who are over 21-years-old but are incapacitated and incapable of self-support due to a mental or physical defect
  • parents dependent upon the PCG personnel or employee for support.